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August 30, 2019

S4, E45 Remembering 9/11 with FDNY Chief of EMS Lillian Bonsignore

Lillian Bonsignore currently serves as the highest ranking officer in FDNY EMS. On 9/11, Chief Bonsignore didn’t hold an official leadership role, but she responded to the World Trade Center hoping to save lives. Having arrived after the first tower fell, Chief Bonsignore quickly realized that […]
August 29, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Tears Through Caribbean, Headed to Florida

Hurricane Dorian, the second named hurricane of 2019, is currently moving across the warm waters of the Caribbean, and regaining its strength. The tropical storm’s recent path skirted the Island of Puerto Rico but has directly hit the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, who are still […]
August 22, 2019

Destructive Force of Fire on Display

The Amazon Rain Forest is undergoing a significant increase in wildfire activity this year in comparison to this time, last year. A record 72,843 fires have been recorded so far this year, an increase of 80 percent, with 9000 new fires reported this past week alone. […]
August 15, 2019

Police Officers Shot in Philadelphia, Gunman Surrenders after Barricade

On Wednesday afternoon, a narcotics operation turned violent when a man opened fire on police officers, injuring six, before barricading himself back in the building. The standoff ended more than seven hours later when police fired tear gas into the structure and the man surrendered without […]
August 8, 2019

Deadly El Paso Walmart Mass Shooting

On Saturday morning, a 21-year old man drove approximately 600 miles to a Walmart in El Paso, Texas in order to kill as many as possible. The store was filled with shoppers preparing for back to school. The perpetrator initially entered the store to size up […]
August 1, 2019

57 Dead in Rio Prison Riot

Rival gangs were involved in a prison riot in the Northern Brazilian town of Altamira, where fire and smoke was used to trigger the initial chaos. The fire rapidly spread due to inmates being housed in converted temporary units while permanent structures were being built. The […]
July 31, 2019

S4, E44 Operations at Cellar Fires with FDNY Lieutenant Tim Klett

With limited access, egress and ventilation fighting cellar fires is one of the most challenging scenarios firefighters face. Not knowing what you might encounter behind the cellar door makes the advance down the cellar steps difficult and dangerous. FDNY Engine Officer, Lt. Tim Klett of Engine […]
July 25, 2019

Variety of Bombs Kill in Afghanistan

As the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff for the United States military visited the Afghanistan capital of Kabul three explosions rocked the city in rapid succession. In total, 15 have died at two separate sites but the death count is likely to increase. […]
July 18, 2019

Blackout Darkens West Side of Manhattan

A burning 13,000-volt electrical line led to a massive outage that cut power to more than 72,000 customers, leaving one of the nation’s most densely-populated neighborhoods in darkness for five hours. A utility official said Monday that a “routine” manhole fire preceded an “extremely unique” failure […]
July 11, 2019

Japanese Authorities Direct 1.1 Million to Evacuate

The threat of torrential rains last weekend, with 13 inches expected, prompted Japanese authorities to issue a directive advising residents of southern Japan to move to designated shelters to avoid landslides and dangerous flooding conditions. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency reported that 820 shelters had […]
June 30, 2015

Lightning Sets Off East Flatbush Fourth of July Four-Alarm Fire

In the early-morning hours of Friday, July 4, 2014 (0111 hours), lightning sparked a fire on the roof and cockloft of an H-type, six-story, 140- by 180-foot, non-fireproof (NFP), multiple dwelling located at 214 Rockaway Parkway, Brooklyn. A total of 12 apartments per floor, aligned in […]
March 31, 2015

A Brief History of FDNY Badges and Helmet Frontpieces

March 31, 2015

Recap of the 2015 FDNY/FDNY Foundation Symposium

The 2015 FDNY Symposium, sponsored by the FDNY Foundation and the FDNY, held on March 18 and 19, 2015, once again provided an opportunity for the professional development of Firefighters from across the country and around the world. This was the seventh time this outstanding educational […]
March 31, 2015

Bedford Park Four-Alarm Blaze Poses Many Challenges for Bronx Firefighters

At 1659 hours on October 27, 2013, Engine 79, under the command of Lieutenant William Mannion (assigned to Ladder 37) was dispatched first-due for a report of a fire in a commercial occupancy at the intersection of Valentine Avenue and East 198th Street in the Bedford […]
March 31, 2015

The Company Drill

The company Officer plays a vital part in educating and drilling Firefighters on a daily basis. The Officer has a responsibility to ensure his/her company displays efficiency and competency at fire and emergency operations. Senior members can positively contribute to company effectiveness and performance by providing […]
March 31, 2015

Technical Rescue Operations: One TWC — Occupied Off-Level Scaffold

During the afternoon of Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Rescue Operations units participated in the rescue of two trapped window washers. Squad 18, Rescue 1, Tactical Support Unit 1 and Rescue Battalion 1 were included on the initial alarm assignment. As these units were responding, Ladder 10 […]
March 31, 2015

Typical Gothic-Style Church Fire with Atypical Results: Our Lady of Sorrows Church

Through the years, many church fires have been documented in the pages of WNYF. Often, these fires have resulted in a heavy or total loss of the structure and Firefighter fatalities. Church fires present difficult challenges to the fire service due to their unique construction characteristics […]
March 31, 2015

Heavy Streams Extinguish Four-Alarm Brooklyn Paper Bale Fire

The night tour on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, started out like most other tours in the FDNY. The apparatus were checked, saws were started and PASS alarms were heard reverberating throughout the firehouse. The weather was mild, with temperatures in the mid-40-degree range. The brutal winter […]